People in Ireland are living longer, healthier and more active lives, partly due to medical progress, and partly due to advancements in pharmaceutical science. Not only is pharmaceutical science critical to the health of the nation, it also plays a key role in the Irish economy. Ireland is one of the key locations for the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, and the Irish pharmaceutical industry has become one of the largest exporters of pharmaceuticals in the world. Over 150 pharmaceutical companies operate have plants in Ireland, including 9 of the world’s top 10 companies. This has created a strong demand for graduates qualified in pharmaceutical science, and employment prospects are excellent.
Students are exposed to a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment at WIT and learn from researchers actively involved in cutting edge areas such as separation science, pharmaceutical drug delivery, biotechnology and environmental science.
WIT lecturing staff teaching on this course are actively involved in a range of highly successful and well-funded research work related to pharmaceutical science. Collaborators include national and international universities and research institutes, and industrial partners from the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical sector both in Ireland and abroad. Current research areas include: development of novel polymers for therapeutic drug delivery, biomedical research in eye treatment, novel analytical methods for pharmaceutical products, sensing devices for environmental analysis, biotechnology for drug synthesis and bioremediation.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introductory Biology||Cell Biology & Biochemistry|
|Introductory Chemistry||Physical & Organic Chemistry|
|Introductory Physics||Physics for Scientists|
|Introductory Mathematics||Mathematics for Scientists|
|Introduction to ICT for Scientists||Introduction to Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Science|
|Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills||Choose one of the following electives:|
|*Science & Society|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Organic Chemistry and Biomolecules||Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry|
|Spectroscopic Techniques||Chromatographic and Electrophoretic Techniques|
|Physical Chemistry||Inorganic Chemistry|
|Statistics for Scientists||Environmental Monitoring|
|Pharmaceutical Science||Biopharmaceutical Science|
|Laboratory Data Analysis and Presentation||Applied Mathematics for Scientists|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Total Quality Management||Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Compounds|
|Chromatographic Method Development and Validation||Sensors and Electroanalysis|
|Pharmaceutical Biotechnology||Research Project|
|Pharmaceuticals and Natural Products||Laboratory Data Modelling|
|Industrial Processing and Operations||Inorganic and Structural Chemistry|
|Introduction to Research Methods||Physical Chemistry of Materials|
5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Applicants should note that a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science) at Leaving Certificate is recommended for this programme.
Pharmaceutical scientists design and develop new drugs and therapies, and devise cleaner, more efficient industrial processes to manufacture them. There is a strong demand for graduates qualified in pharmaceutical science and employment prospects are excellent. Graduates have found widespread employment in the large number of pharmaceutical industries in the southeast and beyond.
The main career opportunities are in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and related industries in areas such as:
Subsequent transfer to postgraduate courses at masters and PhD level.
This programme attracts many international students from around the world each year. There are many supports in place and students will be given lots of guidance from our very experienced staff in the Waterford Institute of Technology International Office. To find an international perspective to the course and Department of Science have a look at our video.